More About the Author
I'm the author of thiry-seven popular travel guides and two novels, The J-Word and The Slave. After thirty years as a travel journalist and guidebook writer, I found myself wanting to write about something close to home. Both novels are set in Golders Green, the London neighbourhood where I live.
To read about my novels and see what reviewers thought of them, see http://www.andrewsanger.com/The-J-Word and http://www.andrewsanger.com/The-Slave.
The Slave has been published in 2013 as a paperback and a Kindle e-book.
The Slave is about freedom, and what it means to three different people living near one another in Golders Green, London's largest Jewish neighbourhood. The three are Neil Chapman, a young loner who works as a van driver; Bernard Kassin, an elderly lawyer, practising Jew and respected member of the local community; and Liliana Petreanu, who is being kept captive in a room nearby and forced to work as a prostitute.
When Liliana asks Neil to help her escape, it becomes clear that going to the police is not one of his options. Nevertheless, he is willing to do anything at all to free her. When things get out of control, he calls desperately on Bernard for help. Bernard must then decide whether to risk his whole career and his position in society simply to help Liliana.
The J-Word was published as a paperback in the UK in 2009, and came out in a Kindle edition in 2011. It was very well received in the UK, had excellent reviews in the British press, and was featured at London's Jewish Book Week and the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival.
The J-Word tells the story of an elderly Jewish man called Jack Silver. Jack is resolutely secular and long ago repudiated everything Jewish. He thinks of himself as English. When Jack is beaten up by an antisemitic gang in a Golders Green alleyway, a more religious Jew comes to his aid and advises him to go to the police. But Jack doesn't do that. Together with his 10-year-old grandson Danny, he sets out to outwit and track down the thugs and bring them to justice in his own way. The hunt takes Jack into memories of his childhood and the two unlikely heroes discover a shared identity spanning generations that eventually draws the whole family together.
I've contributed travel features to a wide spectrum of British national newspapers, magazines and websites, and for ten years I was the editor of French Railways' customer magazine.
Apart from the two novels, I've written more than thirty-five travel guides, mainly to different regions of France, but also to Flanders, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Ireland and Israel. Most have been translated into several languages. My three latest travel guides are all to Normandy, and were published in 2010 and 2013.